Reports on Twitter have confirmed that the Boston Bruins have acquired veteran forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News via Twitter reports that the Bruins have surrendered prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne along with a second round draft pick for Jagr’s services. The trade is still pending the league’s approval before it’s made official and should come sometime later this afternoon.
The trade comes as no surprise when we learnt this morning that the Stars had officially made Jagr available after contract extension talks broke off recently. The Bruins were then labelled as the instant front runners for Jagr when they lost out on Jarome Iginla at the last minute thanks to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins were also in on Brenden Morrow before the Penguins acquired the Stars former captain.
Bruins GM’ Peter Chiarelli was feeling the need to do something according to many hockey experts on Twitter based on how Pittsburgh had revamped their roster in the matter of days. Boston and Pittsburgh are two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and adding some size and skill in Jagr makes the Bruins instantly better.
The 41-year old Jagr has 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points in 34 games for the Stars where he signed as an unrestricted free agent this past summer.
The move is the second big trade the Stars have made today, shipping Derek Roy to Vancouver mere minutes prior to this story breaking. It is the third they’ve made in the past week when you factor in the Morrow trade and it’s evident the Stars are planning on rebuilding and have all but given up on the playoffs this season.
More on this as it becomes available.